Argentina’s amateur spirit is their greatest weapon in attack

By Greg Mumm Argentina are a bit like the daggy dad of international rugby. At times, their hairdo’s, tracksuits and beautiful and lasting reverence for the social side of the game seems straight from the late 70’s. If you have been lucky enough to travel to Argentina with rugby, they still talk of the ‘third-half’ and up until as recently as five years ago were prohibiting clubs at senior domestic level from playing any athlete that had accepted money to play. Their game today still has an air of a hot night out in Barcelona – slow and sleepy to start, and just when you think it’s time to go home the show starts and you are carried on a frenetic journey that takes you well past party extra time and you get home long after the sun rises not knowing quite how you survived. This love of life and excitement flows in to their rugby and whilst they may not be the best defensive team in the competition, they have scored the 3rd most tries in this World Cup and leave their po
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